<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:16:31 -0700 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:16:31 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Charges in DeMaio Sexual Harassment Allegations]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:37:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DeMaio-Carl-1017_2.jpg

There will be no charges filed in the allegations of sexual harassment involving a San Diego congressional candidate, officials announced Monday.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and Chief of Police announced the decision not to file charges in the allegations of harassment made by a former staffer against Republican Carl DeMaio who is running for the 52nd District seat against Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Peters.

Former DeMaio staffer, Todd Bosnich, said he was subjected to unwelcome touching and repeated sexual harassment while working on the congressional campaign for the former San Diego city councilman and 2012 mayoral candidate.

On Oct. 10, Bosnich released polygraph results that supported his claims that DeMaio sexually harassed him.

DeMaio called Bosnich "clearly troubled" and said the former campaign worker "manufactured a story" to cover for a plagiarism incident earlier in the year.

On Monday, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced it has completed its review of the sexual harassment claims against the candidate. The DA’s office said there is not enough evidence to press charges.

"This is a happy day," said DeMaio. "This confirms what I was told long ago — not a shred of merit to these allegations."

At the same time, both offices said there would be no charges in the DeMaio campaign headquarters break-in. DeMaio had alleged that Bosnich was responsible for the break-in.

“The San Diego Police Department’s investigations of these matters have been very thorough, objective and professional. SDPD committed significant resources to the investigations and no stone was left unturned,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in part in a statement Monday.

SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said, "Both the alleged burglary to Carl DeMaio’s campaign office and the allegations of sexual misconduct against Carl DeMaio were taken seriously and investigated thoroughly by the San Diego Police Department."

Bosnich's attorneys released a statement Monday, saying their client is pleased the DA has cleared him.

“As a hopeful for public office, it has always been disappointing that despite the lack of evidence noted by the District Attorney, Mr. DeMaio attempted to convict Todd of a crime he did not commit in the public eye," the statement read.

For his part, DeMaio said he was "disappointed that not enough evidence existed beyond a reasonable doubt to convict him of his crime against the campaign."

Also Monday, several sources told NBC 7 that FBI agents were questioning potential witnesses in connection with anonymous emails sent to Bosnich.

A source close to the investigation told NBC7 Investigates the emails threatened Bosnich's political career and put pressure on him to accept the $50,000, saying "you better keep your mouth shut and take the deal."

In an interview with CNN, Bosnich claims that after he confronted DeMaio regarding inappropriate behavior in the workplace he was offered a position with the San Diego County Republican Party, instructed to sign a nondisclosure agreement and offered a payment of $50,000.

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<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Increase Headed to Ballot]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:26:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/minimum-wage-cash.jpg

San Diego City Council voted unanimously to let voters decide whether to raise the city’s minimum wage.

But it’s not as though they had much of a choice.

On Monday, the council voted on whether to put the matter on the ballot or rescind an ordinance that would have raised the minimum wage to $11.50 over the next three years, beginning in January.

That ordinance passed earlier this year, but it was met with immediate resistance from San Diego’s business community, which warned raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses.

The city clerk announced Monday it had verified 42,960 signatures gathered by opponents of the ordinance, known as the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage ordinance. A total of 33,866 verified signatures were needed to put the measure on the ballot.

Before Monday’s unanimous vote, Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders told the council to “fight for the city’s job creators.”

But a majority of council members criticized the signature gathering campaign, saying signature gatherers told voters misinformation.

“It’s disappointing that big business has used their money and misinformation to block thousands of San Diegans from receiving five sick days and a pay raise this January,” said Council President Todd Gloria.

Even though the council vote to send the issue to the ballot was unanimous, Councilmembers Lori Zapf and Scott Sherman spoke out against the original ordinance.

“I think the real shame is that a bunch of politicians are trying to convince you that you need us to be a success, all because they want your vote. That’s the only reason they’re doing this. They want your vote,” Sherman said.

The issue will be on the June 2016 ballot because that is the next available regularly scheduled election. It was too late for this November’s ballot.

Meanwhile, the city attorney asked for more time to clarify whether the results of the June 2016 ballot would be retroactive to January 2015 – when the ordinance was scheduled to go into effect – if in fact voters approve a minimum wage increase.

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<![CDATA["Heartbroken": Families Mourn 7 Victims Tied to Suspected Serial Killer ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:36:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Afrika-Hardy.jpg

One of seven women whose bodies were discovered in Indiana over the weekend was remembered as a "fighter" Monday, as authorities continued to investigate a killing they now believe uncovered a string of slayings by a suspected serial killer.

 “She left this world fighting,” Lori Townsend said of her daughter, 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy.

Officials said the bodies of seven women, including Hardy, were found in abandoned homes and in a motel in Northwest Indiana. Authorities believe they are the victims of a suspected serial killer, whose killings could go back as far as 20 years.

Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, was charged with one count of murder, as well as murder in the perpetration of a robbery and robbery resulting in serious bodily harm, all related to the death of Hardy. Police said Vann, a registered sex offender in Texas, gave authorities information that led them to the other bodies after he was taken into custody in connection with Hardy's death.

Hardy was strangled to death Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. She was found naked in a bathtub with what appeared to be a black piece of clothing covering her arms and around her neck, according to a probable cause affidavit.

“She didn’t bother nobody,” said Hardy’s grandmother Debra Allen. “Everyone loved her. She wasn’t a bad person and didn’t deserve this at all.”

Police said all seven women were sex workers, and Hardy is believed to be the youngest victim.

Hardy’s mother said she had no idea her daughter had fallen into prostitution.

“I’m not grasping this,” said Townsend. “It’s not real to me.”

Aside from Hardy, three of the victims were publicly identified by midday Monday: 35-year-old Anith Jones, 28-year-old Teairra Batey, and 36-year-old Christine Williams.

Batey’s boyfriend, Marvin Clinton, says she had been missing since January.

“She was a good person,” said Clinton. “She would give you her last.”

He said the two have a 2-year-old son together.

"Now I've got to sit here and figure out how to tell a 2-year-old that mommy's never coming home again," said Clinton.

Jones’ family reported her missing on Oct. 8. They say she left Chicago for Indiana about 10 years ago.

Family members of the victims said no matter what the women did to earn a living, they were still loved.

“My heart breaks for these girls and their families,” said Townsend. “Some of them were missing for months.”

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<![CDATA[Man Struck, Killed by Coaster Train in Encinitas]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/train-tracks-generic.jpg

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Railroad Enforcement Unit is investigating a fatal train accident in Encinitas.

The Coaster train struck and killed a pedestrian around 11:20 a.m. Monday in the 1000 block of North Vulcan Avenue.

Witnesses told deputies the middle-aged man walked onto the tracks as the train was approaching. The train sounded its horn and bell but was unable to stop in time, deputies said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unclear why the victim went onto the tracks. Officials have not released his identity.

The incident shut down traffic in the area and delayed some train schedules Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Murrieta Mayor Resigns After Arrest on Suspicion of DUI]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:23:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/204*120/10-17-2014-murrieta-mayor-book.jpg

Alan Long announced Monday that he will step down as mayor of Murrieta just days after his arrest on suspicion of DUI in a crash that injured four high school students.

Long made the announcement during a Monday afternoon news conference at which he expressed "concern" for the four teens injured in Thursday night's crash at Jefferson and Lily avenues in Murrieta in southwestern Riverside County. Long, 44, was booked on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury, according to Riverside County jail records.

"I am well aware that being involved in such a high profile accident in my position as mayor and as a member of the City Council will be a distraction," Long said in a statement at the news conference.

The resignation is effective immediately, but Long said he plans to remain a candidate in the Nov. 4 election.

Long was arrested Thursday night after officers determined that a "full-size" truck had rear-ended a passenger vehicle carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, ages 14 to 17. The students' injuries were described as "moderate to major," according to a police department statement.

"Officers contacted the driver of the truck who was the sole occupant of his vehicle," police said in a statement. "The driver had signs and symptoms consistent with alcohol impairment. The driver participated in some standardized field sobriety tests, and officers determined that the driver was in fact impaired."

Long's blood alcohol content was .07, just below the legal limit of .08, but investigators were also waiting for blood test results, police said.

The girls had just attended a pep rally ahead of Friday night's football game. Three of the four victims were released from a hospital Friday, but details regarding the fourth victim's condition were not immediately available.

Long was speeding and driving recklessly, according to an attorney for two of the victims, L Wallace Pate.

"I understand from the witnesses that I talked to that he ran a stop sign," Pate said

An attorney for Long, who is running for re-election on Nov. 4, said he helped the victims at the scene, talked to their parents and cooperated with police.

Long, also serves as a battalion chief for Anaheim Fire and Rescue, was booked into jail on $50,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

A court date was scheduled for Dec. 11.

Supporters say they will still vote for Long in November's election, including some who have already voted for him by absentee ballot. 

"He showed respect for every individual," Murrieta resident Joan Padberg said. "That's the type of man he is."

Long was in the national spotlight earlier this year when a busload of undocumented immigrants, bound for the Murrieta Border Patrol Station for processing, was blocked by protesters.

Long criticized the federal government's handling of the immigrant transfer, part of a plan to alleviate what the Obama administration as a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors in federal custody along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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<![CDATA["Most Wanted" Motorcycle Gang Leader Charged in Court]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:54:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Randy-Mark-Yager-Mexico2.jpg

An infamous motorcycle gang leader, who spent a decade on the U.S. Marshal’s 15 “Most Wanted” fugitives list, made his first court appearance Monday in San Diego.

The federal judge did not set bail for Randy Mark Yager, 58, after reading off charges laid out in a 51-page indictment.

Prosecutors called Yager a danger to the community and a flight risk.

The long-sought fugitive – a former president of the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana area ‘Outlaws” motorcycle gang – was first indicted in 1997 by a Wisconsin federal jury for murder, arson, possession of explosives, trafficking in counterfeit U.S. currency, robbery, burglary, trafficking in stolen vehicles and narcotics.

He was the last defendant named in the indictment to elude arrest.

After placing Yager on their “Most Wanted” list for ten years, U.S. Marshals tracked the suspect to a possible location in Mexico.

They asked Mexican authorities to arrest a man who fit Yager’s description at a bar near Rosarito, Baja California.

The suspect first told law enforcement he was David and showed them several identification cards with the name “David Michael Dorian.”

But after further questioning, the man admitted to being Randy Yager, U.S. Marshals say.

Mexican officials took the suspect to a Tijuana facility, where they positively identified him.

On Thursday, Yager was turned over to the U.S. Marshals at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He is now being held at the Western Regional Detention Facility in San Diego, and he will make his next court appearance on Oct. 30 for identity and detention hearing.

<![CDATA[Bottlenose Dolphin Born at SeaWorld]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:01:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mom+and+calf1020.jpg

A bottlenose dolphin calf has been born at SeaWorld, the 80th such birth of a dolphin at the San Diego park.

After a 12-month gestation period, the calf was born at 3:32 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Dolphin Stadium, weighing about 30 pounds.

Park workers said the calf’s gender will be determined in the coming weeks.

“We’re guessing it’s a girl,” said Wendy Ramirez, assistant curator of animal training at the park.

The mama, Sadie, and calf appear to be in good health and the baby has spent the past couple days nursing and swimming with its mother.

This is the second calf for Sadie, a 13-year-old bottlenose dolphin. Her first calf, Kailani Koa, was born in 2009.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin calf can do so by checking out a short “baby presentation” of the calf at Dolphin Stadium. The shows runs regularly and will be in lieu of the usual “Blue Horizons” show.

The baby has yet to be named, and park officials want to open up the naming process to the public. Trainers are voting on finalist names and then will post options on SeaWorld’s Facebook page, where you can vote.

<![CDATA[Clinic Helps Retired NFL Player Qualify for Settlement]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:38:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boo+williams.JPG Retired NFL tight end Boo Williams is getting help from a San Diego clinic to qualify for the league's settlement with former players for conditions related to concussions. NBC 7's Bridget Naso explains on Oct. 20, 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in Imperial Beach Crash]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:46:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fatal+motorcycle+crash+imperial+beach.jpg

A motorcyclist has died after broadsiding an SUV in Imperial Beach Monday evening.

San Diego County Sheriff's investigators say at 6:10 p.m., the motorcyclist was driving east on Palm Avenue faster than the 35 mph speed limit. 

He crashed into the front passenger door of an SUV that was turning left onto 10th Street, flinging debris 30 feet in every direction from the point of impact.

Taco shop owner Rosaura Ramos, who used to be an emergency medical technician, saw the crash and rushed to the motorcyclist's side.

"I go and leave my work, and I go to try and help him," she said. "I just check his vitals. It's very, very slow. He tried to move and I said don't move." 

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead shortly after. The female SUV driver was not injured or cited in the crash.

While witnesses say the motorcyclist was trying to beat the SUV to the turn, investigators say they cannot be certain who is at fault yet.

Eastbound Palm Avenue was closed between 9th and 11th streets while the sheriff's traffic division investigated the crash.

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<![CDATA[Judge Backs SD Cat Owner in Dog Mauling Case]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:55:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cat+controversy+1020-PIC_0.jpg

A judge has ruled in favor of a San Diego woman who was sued by a cat rescue group after her cat was mauled to death by an errant dog.

The rescue group, The Rescue House, sued Margaret McLean for $1,000 because the group claimed McLean violated terms of the adoption contract.

The Rescue House wanted the cat to remain indoors, which they said was laid out in the contract.

But McLean started letting her cat outside, when a dog across the street escaped its leash and attacked and killed the cat, Malik.

On Monday, McLean said she was pleased about the judge’s decision, saying the lawsuit had been “punitive.”

“I feel vindicated. The judge recognized that the Rescue House’s contract was punitive,” she said. “I wish that instead of suing me they would’ve reached out and supported me or expressed their sympathy for my loss, rather than attack my judgment as a pet owner.”

The rescue group’s founder, Joan Star, said she was “shocked” by the judge’s decision. She saw the matter as simply a breach in a contractual agreement.

“It’s very sad when animals aren’t protected and the people aren’t held accountable for the promises they have made,” Star said. “The terms of condition were violated.”

In the signed ruling, the judge did not give reasoning for the decision.

The Rescue House is unable to appeal this decision.

<![CDATA[City Council Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:09:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/web_prosper_water_restrictions.jpg

As parched California continues to run dry, the San Diego City Council hopes to increase the region’s conservation through mandatory water restrictions, voted into action Monday.

Under the Level 2 Drought Alert, city leaders aim to cut water use by 20 percent, a goal laid out in January by Gov. Jerry Brown. Right now, the city is saving only 4 percent with voluntary measures in place, Councilmember David Alvarez says.

The mandatory rules, which include restrictions on watering lawns, washing vehicles and using fountains, go into effect Nov. 1.

Most of the water keeping San Diego’s plants alive comes from the State Water Project, where supply is running low, according to Brent Eidson, deputy director of the Water Department’s External Affairs.

The city is only allowed to import five percent of its usual amount, so it is relying heavily on storage. The restrictions are an attempt to ease that burden, officials say.

Under the mandatory rules, you will be limited to watering your yard three days a week. From January to October, each watering can be ten minutes a day, but November through May, it drops down to seven minutes.

Odd-numbered addresses will water Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even-numbered addresses will water Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Apartments, condominiums and businesses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Vehicle washing will be restricted to before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., while you can water potted plants, gardens and fruit trees before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

You are required to use hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles or timed sprinkler systems. All ornamental fountains must be turned off.

According to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who supports the restrictions, ten city employees will be charged with implementing them.

“Our first steps are education,” said Eidson. “If we find folks are still not complying, then we do have the opportunity to levy fines outside of your regular water bill.”

The last time the city adopted Level 2 drought measures was from 2009 to 2011. During those two years, only one fine was levied.

Still, some believe the city is taking the restrictions too far because neighbors are already using less.

“I do think they’re already taking it upon themselves,” said North Park resident Elba Galindo. “I don’t think a law should be made or any type of enforcement.”

City officials argue that conserving now is critical because if San Diego uses more than it is allowed, its wholesalers could cut back on what they sell, making water more expensive for all residents.

To help households, the city published a pamphlet titled "24 Ways to Save Hundreds of Gallons of Water Every Week." 

Here are some of the suggestions: 

  • Replace regular shower heads with low-flow shower heads
  • Keep showers less than 5 minutes
  • Never let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Hand wash dishes just once a day
  • Never use hot running water to defrost frozen food
  • Only run dishwashers when fully loaded
  • Never wash less than a full load of laundry
  • Use a cover over a pool to cut down evaporation
  • Never hose down your patio or balcony, but instead use a broom

The San Diego County Water Authority activated mandatory conservation in July, calling all residents to save 20 percent of their water.

Those restrictions are the same as the city's, plus a few more. The county requires residents to eliminate runoff from irrigation systems, hotels to offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily, restaurants to serve water only when asked and construction crews to use recycled or non-potable water when available.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Floods San Marcos Street]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:47:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/water+main+break+via+bbanagonz+on+instagram.JPG

Utility crews are working to mop up a water main break that flooded a San Marcos street Monday.

According to a spokesman for the Vallecitos Water District, the water line that supplies an apartment complex's fire sprinklers ruptured at about 2:20 p.m. near Liberty and Henson Heights drives.

A sheriff's spokesperson initially told NBC 7 at least one home had flooded, but the utility's crews said they were able to shut off water before it could run into any homes.

San Diego Gas & Electric had to check the lines before the water district repair the water main and a valve to prevent future breaks, the spokesman said.

Water was restored to nearby residents just before 10 p.m. Monday.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Bay Ho]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:59:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bay-Ho-suspicious-death.jpg

A man with severe blunt force trauma was found dead Sunday in the backyard of a Bay Ho home.

Officers were called to a house in the 4700 block of Monongahela Street around 10 a.m. A 41-year-old man had suffered trauma to his torso and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Neighbor Aubrey Howard spoke with investigators and was told why the death was suspicious.

"Blood, which is an indication of blunt force trauma," Howard said. "They hadn't really moved the body out at that stage, but there was blood, lot of blood. That's all they said."

Police did release the victim’s name, the nature of his injuries or how he died to the media.

“At this juncture, it is unknown if the male’s death was accidental,” police said in a news release Sunday evening.

A man who lives at the home told NBC 7 off-camera the victim was a friend who was visiting and that this was all an accident.

Detectives spent hours searching the home and several cars park in front of it. They impounded at least one car.

An autopsy will be performed. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[43 Removed From Ebola Watch List]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:03:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/judge-clay-jenkins.jpg

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said four dozen people being cleared off the Ebola watch list Monday should be treated with "dignity and respect" and welcomed back into the community.

“There’s zero risk than any of those people on the list have Ebola,” Jenkins said. “We have to believe in science. It’s what separates us from other mammals."

At midnight, 43 people showing no sign of the Ebola virus fell off the list and another five are expected to fall off sometime Monday. All of them either had direct contact with index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, or the ambulance that carried him to the hospital. The additional 75 health care workers who cared for Duncan will clear their 21-day monitoring period on Oct. 29.

Jenkins singled out five children who are returning to school after missing about three weeks, and requested help from Dallas-area parents to ensure they are treated with respect. He said that Duncan's fiancee, Louise Troh, was worried about how her middle-school aged son would be treated, and he agreed with the concerns.

“Middle schoolers are some of the most ferocious and scariest animals on the planet,” Jenkins said.

For 21 days, Troh, her 13-year-old son and her two nephews were isolated from the world. They were ordered into quarantine at a property in Oak Cliff as health officials watched for any signs of them having the Ebola virus.

“You can imagine what it’s like for anybody living under that threat and the tension of everyday,” said Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell.

Their temporary house at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center was a single story, four bedroom home that sits in a gated community owned by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

“They feel relieved and happy,” said Farrell. “But deep down they’re still worried.”

Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings personally asked Farrell if the church could help after the county had to move the family from The Ivy Apartments where Troh lived. The apartment contained many contaminated items from Duncan.

“Naturally, I had to think about the consequence of doing this,” said Farrell. “But it was in my heart all of the time that I was going to do something.”

It took the bishop 15 minutes to make a decision. The family was moved and remained out of sight from the world during their quarantine.

But now one challenge is over and another one begins.

“I would hope that the whole community would kind of understand and bring them back into the community and be kind and compassionate and accepting to these people who have suffered in this way,” said Farrell.

Troh lost most of her property at her apartment that had to be destroyed because they were contaminated. But over the next week she will be looking for a new home and will be able to purchase new belongings with the help of the City of Dallas and generous donations.

Jenkins added that the way people handle the reintegration process could show the city as a “beacon for how others can deal” with such adversity when “the next Ebola case happens to America.”

"The world is watching Dallas,” he said.

43 Removed from Ebola Contact List

The 43 people who were on the watch list after coming in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8, before he was put in isolation have shown no signs of contracting the virus.

“Continuous vigilance in confronting this threat and the cooperation of those affected is what has brought us to this point, and we look forward to the day when the remaining individuals can also be removed from active monitoring,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.

The fight is not over, though. Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, two Dallas nurses who contracted the virus while caring for Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, remain hospitalized. Investigators said they don't know how or when they contracted the virus.

“They are blameless in this situation,” said Jenkins. “They are victims of Ebola. They are not at fault for contracting this disease in any way.”

All the other health care workers who cared for Duncan while in isolation are being monitored for 21 days. More than 70 of them will be closely watched until Oct. 29 as long as they continue to show no signs of having the virus.

“We cannot be relieved,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We are still in a situation where we are cautious. We're cautiously optimistic, but we're still very cautious.”

Jenkins said with each day that passes, the chances of another health care worker contracting the virus from Duncan decreases. If no new cases of Ebola appear before Nov. 6, North Texas will no longer be monitored for the virus.

120 Possible Contacts Still Monitored

Around 120 possible contacts will remain on monitoring after the initial 48 are removed.

In addition to the health care workers, airline passengers have been notified of possible Ebola contact from nurse Amber Vinson before she was hospitalized while she traveled to and from Ohio.

A handful of people who sat within three feet of Vinson have been told to stay at home during the 21 day monitoring period.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Detail NH Festival Chaos]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:11:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Keene+State+incident+1.jpg

Eighty-four people were arrested during riots at a New Hampshire community's annual pumpkin festival that spilled over to a nearby college over the weekend, and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying more rioters.

The violent parties in Keene led to the destruction of private and public property, resulting in the injuries of more than 30 people on Saturday.

Local police say they planned ahead, based off previous years riots, but say this year things were different when the rioters moved out onto public streets and neighborhoods.

"I think, unfortunately, we were caught by surprise when things started earlier than expected," said Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola. "We thought we had it well in hand, to be quite honest, but we fell a little short."

The incident happened around Keene State College during the city's Pumpkin Festival, which is when the community tries to set a world record for the most carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. Police responded to the violence with riot gear, tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to control the crowds.

The area was cleaned up by college students on Sunday.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said the Granite State's higher education institutions must "take swift action to hold students involved accountable."

Keene State College President Anne Huot was a witness to Saturday's riot.

"I'm gravely concerned" about the unruly behavior, she said.

According Mayor Kendall Lane, between 55,000-60,000 people were attending the festival and were safe during the violent parties, adding that the future of the festival is uncertain at this time.

According to Keene city officials, the riots seem to have begun in several places, including Wilcox Terrace and Winchester Court, around 1 p.m. Saturday with more than 1,000 people in each location, with some throwing rocks, bottles, cans, even billard balls, injuring some.

Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meoloa said his department communicated with Keene State College students before the festival, adding that it was "outside forces" that was part of the "riotous behavior."

As police tried to disperse the crowds, the crowds turned their attention to law enforcement, according to the city; police say they used pepper spray, tear gas and fired "sponge rounds" at some of the rioters. The crowd then moved through the neighborhood to Butler Court, where the riots continued, the city said; another crowd moved from Winchester Street to Blake Street, where a fire was set in the middle of the road.

Keene officials say the riots continued for the next eight hours as the crowd moved to Keene State College property. Crowds damaged college, city and private property, including an overturned car, officials said.

Chief Meola said there was also riotous behavior last year, adding that this year the rioters entered public domain, but last year was an "organized party."

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<![CDATA[Oceanside Police Kill Dog, Arrest Dog Owner]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:41:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oceanside-police-dog-shot.jpg

An Oceanside Police officer shot and killed a dog Monday and the dog's owner was arrested.

Residents at a home on Morse Street near Alvarado called police at 2:30 a.m. when they found a strange man sitting in front of their home with his dog.

When officers responded and exited their vehicle, they say the dog tried to charge at them. They asked the man to control his dog and put it on a leash, but the man told them the animal was just protecting him, according to a news release from the Oceanside Police Department.

Once again, the dog started to charge at them and an officer tried to use a taser on the dog but missed.

Officers then told the man to come toward them in the street in an effort to avoid being bitten by the dog, but the man did not.

When the dog charged a third time, one officer shot the dog, killing the animal. Officials told NBC 7 the officer feared for his safety.

The dog’s owner, Armando Castillo, 26, a known gang member, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Vista Detention Facility.

<![CDATA[CDC Unveils New Ebola Gear Guidelines]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:55:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP377346880200.jpg

Health officials have released long-awaited new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients, calling for protective garb that covers their bodies entirely and for trained monitors to supervise them as they put on and remove it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after treating an Ebola patient.

The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed. They also call for a trained monitor to supervise the donning and doffing of protective wear. And they call for repeated training and practice.

The CDC guidance was expected as early as Saturday, but its release has been pushed back while it continues to go through review by experts and government officials.

Health workers had been pushing for the guidance since the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected. They had treated an Ebola-infected patient named Thomas Eric Duncan — the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S.

Exactly how the two nurses were infected is not clear, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden during a Monday night teleconference with reporters.

"We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is, the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," Frieden said.

The new guidelines include:

—Use of protective garments, hoods, face shields, double gloves, face masks or respirators and other protective equipment to cover every square inch of a health worker's body.

—A call for health workers who may be involved in an Ebola patient's care to practice repeatedly and demonstrate proficiency in donning and doffing gear before ever being allowed near a patient.

—Placement of a trained hospital employee to supervise all aspects of care in an Ebola patient's room and watch that all health workers put on and take off gear correctly.

Duncan's infection and subsequent death led to the monitoring of about 50 people who came in contact with him before he entered the hospital and dozens of health care workers who cared for him after his admission.

Some good news this week: The 50 in the initial contact group have passed a 21-day observation period and no longer are deemed at risk for coming down with the dreaded disease.

Youngor Jallah spent the past three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.

But with the household emerging symptom-free from the incubation period, Jallah's family members are now trying to resume their lives - replacing the personal belongings incinerated in a cleanup at her mother's home, and overcoming the stigma of the Ebola scare that has gripped Dallas.

On Monday, Jallah beamed as she sent her children back to school with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked into their backpacks. Her mother emerged from her own confinement and started looking for a new place to live.

"We were sitting here traumatized," Jallah told The Associated Press on Monday. "We just thank God we never came down with the virus."

Jallah's mother's fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Health officials said Monday about 50 people have passed the incubation period safely. Others who are still being monitored include health care workers who treated Duncan as well as those who cared for two nurses who had treated Duncan and also became infected.

There are now about 120 people in Texas being monitored for symptoms, with their wait period ending Nov. 7, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He said the number may fluctuate.

There are also about 140 people being monitored in Ohio because of contact or potential contact with nurse Amber Vinson, Ohio officials said. Vinson, who cared for Duncan in Texas, flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and flew back Oct. 13.

An Ebola patient who was being treated in Atlanta since early September was released from Emory University Hospital on Sunday after he was determined to be free of the virus and no threat to the public. Hospital and health officials never released his name, in keeping with his family's wish for privacy.

Health officials said they were relieved as the monitoring period ended for many, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port in Texas and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

After Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, Troh, her 13-year-old son, Duncan's nephew and a family friend were ordered by a Dallas court to stay inside the apartment among Duncan's used linens. Five days later they were evacuated to a four-bedroom home in an isolated corner of a 13-acre gated property owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, southwest of downtown.

Except for a few plastic bins filled with personal documents, photographs, trophies and a Bible, the apartment was stripped down to the carpeting and the contents were incinerated.

The city of Dallas announced Monday it is coordinating with a local church and donors to provide Jallah's mother, Louise Troh, with funds to pay for six months of housing. Once she chooses a location, nonprofits will assist the family with furniture, linens and other household items, the city said.

"We want to restore what's lost but more than that, we want to give her a running start on her new life," said Troh's pastor, George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

While health workers cleared Jallah of having Ebola, the disease's stigma lingers — including among fellow Liberians, she said.

"If they see me at the store, they run away," she said.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Families Celebrate End of First Deployment]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:52:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MeyerHomecoming2.jpg

It was not just an emotional homecoming when USS Wayne E. Meyer arrived in San Diego Monday. For many newly married couples, it was the end of a first deployment.

Chalee Winslett and Yanda Edwards were waiting for their respective wives.

Edwards said it’s been a difficult deployment for her, the first since she married her wife Christine in May. Her voice quivered when she talked about how proud she was of her spouse.

Winslett, who is also in the Navy, said the seven-month deployment was a little rough.

“We’re new to this,” the newlywed said of the separation. She said the couple was looking forward to setting up their first home together in San Diego.

Near the fence, Ursula Bongiovanni was anxiously awaiting her daughter. It was the first tour for the first family member to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

“She made the decision a long time ago to serve in the military. I can’t tell you how proud we are of her. I’m just glad to have her back,” she said.

Amanda and Kyle Lore shared a kiss on the dock after Kyle disembarked from the ship.

“It’s been way too long, way too long,” Amanda said. The couple was able to stay connected through Facebook and via WiFi when it was available.

“It’s not the same obviously,” Kyle said as he hugged his wife.

There was another big hug waiting for the ship’s Senior Sailor of the Year, Shanelle Stribling.

She ran off the ship and threw her arms around her daughter.

What was the little girl’s response to seeing her mom back in San Diego? “Happy!” she said.

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Nick Canepa: Chargers Get a 4F]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:26:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nick-Canepa-1020.jpg It's Monday morning, time for Nick Canepa's report card for the San Diego Chargers. He gives Jim Laslavic a preview on Sportswrap.

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<![CDATA[SDSU Student With Meningitis Off Life Support]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:15:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSU-Sara-Stelzer-1017.jpg

A San Diego State University student who contracted meningococcal meningitis has been taken off life support, university officials said Monday.

Her family had given SDSU officials permission to release a statement Friday morning saying they have told their daughter farewell. However, Sara Stelzer's body was kept on life support while the hospital looked for recipients of some of her vital organs.

School officials said 18-year-old Stelzer was taken off life support on Saturday.

Stelzer, who was studying pre-communications as a freshman, was hospitalized last Tuesday after starting to experience flu-like symptoms two days prior. She was then diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis.

While Stelzer had been vaccinated for meningitis, she contracted th Type B bacteria, which isn't covered by standard vaccination. Currently, Type B vaccination is only allowed in Europe.

Type B meningococcal disease is extremely rare. Between 2004 and 2014, 127 people contracted meningoccal disease, and only 23 of those involved Type B bacteria, said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, child medical officer for the county's health department.

Sidelinger said the mortality rate for meningococcal disease is "quite high."

Attention has turned to preventing another meningitis-related tragedy. Over the weekend, the university’s student health services saw nearly 1,000 students for evaluation, providing antibiotics to some.

Some of these students had possible symptoms, but all turned out to be OK, school officials said.

<![CDATA[Dallas Nurses Speak Out on Ebola]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:13:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cole-edmonson-presby-crop.jpg

Top nurses at the Dallas hospital where two nurses fell ill treating the nation's first Ebola patient spoke out for the first time Monday, affirming their pride in their hospital amid scrutiny and vowing to reaffirm the public's trust.

"The reason we're here today is to make sure people know that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is still a great hospital, an excellent hospital," chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson said at a brief news conference in front of the hospital Monday afternoon, flanked by nurses he called part of a "proud family."

"We're proud to tell people that we work here," he added."We will reaffirm your trust in Presbyterian."

"We are experts in our field, and we don't want to be judged by this one incident," emergency department nurse Julie Boling said, overcome by emotion. "This could happen to any hospital."

The nurses gave their well-wishes to their two coworkers who remain hospitalized in isolation for Ebola, after they contracted the disease treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. He died Oct. 8.

Amber Vinson is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the same hospital where Fort Worth's Dr. Kent Brantly and American aid worker Nancy Writebol were successfully treated, and her coworker Nina Pham is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

On Monday, health officials' efforts to contain Ebola's spread cleared a key hurdle when four dozen people were being cleared from the watch list.

<![CDATA[Weekend Events Oct. 23-26]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:48:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/516161457.jpg

Just because it doesn’t feel like fall – temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s this weekend – doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. From dressing up to pumpkin picking, here are some autumn activities happening this weekend in San Diego.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Chef Tattoo Dinner
6 p.m. at the Saltbox downtown
Five of San Diego’s top chefs will take their inspiration from the tattoo shop to the kitchen, creating an exclusive menu inspired by their favorite tattoos. This culinary event is sure to leave a lasting impression.

San Diego CityBeat Presents: A Night at the Besties
7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
From food to music to art, this event celebrates the best of what our city has to offer. Play games at the mobile arcade, make a stop (or two) at the open bar, and enjoy eats from 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants. The event benefits the San Diego Center for Children. 21+

Friday, Oct. 24

Halloween Heroes vs. Villains Swing Jam Party
9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. at Dance For 2 in Kearny Mesa
Can you do the Monster Mash? How about the Frankenstein? Here’s your chance to add swing to your Halloween dance move repertoire. Admission is only $8 ($6 with a student ID.) Come a half hour early for a complimentary dance lesson.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Surfing Madonna 1K/5K/10K Race
9 a.m. at Moonlight State Beach (Race begins at low tide at 2 p.m.)
Get ready to hit the sand for this quintessential Southern California race. The course takes runners on a tour of Encinitas’ most beautiful beaches. Spectators will enjoy live music, a sandcastle exhibition, beach volleyball and more. The event benefits a variety of programs aimed at keeping our oceans clean.

10th Annual Boulevard BOO! Parade
10 a.m. in the College Area
Ghosts, ghouls and zombies will creep down El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego’s only Halloween parade. The frightening good times continues after the parade with rides, games, food trucks and more. The annual event is presented by the College Area Business District.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Fall Harvest Festival and Boutique
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Farm Stand West in Escondido
Could your home use a touch of fall? The Fall Harvest Festival and Boutique is the perfect place to spruce up your seasonal décor. Bring the whole family for hayrides and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. The festival begins Saturday. Admission is free.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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<![CDATA[FBI Investigating DeMaio Accusations ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:14:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/carl+demaio+scott+peters.JPG

Anonymous emails, sent to the former staffer who accused Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio of sexual harassment, are the subject of FBI agent interviews with potential witnesses, sources have confirmed to NBC7 Investigates.

DeMaio is locked in a nasty, raging battle against first-term incumbent Rep. Scott Peters for the 52nd Congressional District.

In a CNN interview, the former DeMaio staffer, Todd Bosnich, said he was subjected to unwelcome touching and repeated sexual harassment while working on the congressional campaign for the former San Diego city councilman and 2012 mayoral candidate.

DeMaio says those claims are "outrageous lies."

In a June interview with KFMB’s Mike Slater, Bosnich also said both he and his mother had received threatening and harassing anonymous emails

On Friday, Bosnich's attorney declined to release any emails.

But several sources close to the investigation told NBC7 that FBI agents and a lawyer from the U.S. Attorney's office asked questions focused on the accusation the Bosniches had received harassing emails, and an alleged hack of his Gmail account.

The investigators also inquired about Bosnich’s claim that he was offered $50,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

A source close to the investigation told NBC7 Investigates the emails threatened Bosnich's political career and put pressure on him to accept the $50,000, saying "you better keep your mouth shut and take the deal."

FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said his agency does not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

DeMaio says Bosnich is "clearly troubled" and has "manufactured a story" to cover for a plagiarism incident. DeMaio addressed Bosnich's sexual harassment allegations Oct. 8 prior to the airing of the CNN report. DeMaio said that Bosnich had been involved in vandalism at a campaign headquarters just six days before the June primary. DeMaio said Bosnich fabricated the sexual allegations in order to divert attention away from what he says what his attack on the campaign office.

“It’s unfortunate, you know, that an individual who is the prime suspect to the break-in in our campaign office would manufacture such an outrageous lie — but again, all the evidence that was collected by the police department clearly indicated this individual was the prime suspect. And it’s unfortunate, but we will continue to allow the district attorney to proceed with her case, and weighing the case, to prosecute for the break-in of our office,” DeMaio said. 

Police have not named any suspects in the break-in case. 

The DeMaio campaign office in Miramar was  broken into on May 28. Computer screens were smashed, cords and cables were cut, gas cards were stolen and water was poured over laptops, printers and copiers.

DeMaio also announced on NBC 7’s Sunday show “Politically Speaking” that a book containing campaign strategy documents was stolen during the May 28 break-in, and that the Peters campaign somehow received the book after the break-in.

Peters said he turned the material over to police within 24 hours of receiving it. His campaign added that nothing was contained in the stolen material that wasn’t already broadcast on social media.

On Oct. 8, DeMaio told reporters that San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman assured him he was cleared in the sexual allegations investigation. Zimmerman would not confirm this to NBC7.

"Reports of any criminal activity received by the San Diego Police Department are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly," SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer said. "Once an investigation is complete, it is turned over to the District Attorney's office for review at which point we do not provide further comment about the names of potential victims, witnesses or alleged suspects."

<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Family Fellowship Church in Oceanside]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:52:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oceanside-car-into-church.jpg

A driver took off on foot after his car plowed into the side of an Oceanside church Monday.

Oceanside Police officer found the registered owner of the 2013 Lexus GS 350 just up the road from the Family Fellowship Church on El Camino Real near Douglas Drive, north of State Route 76.

Officers say the driver drove his black sedan off the road, up onto a sidewalk over grass and into the side of the church around 1 a.m.

The car missed the main part of the church and didn't make it inside, but the impact of the crash knocked down a pillar outside the building.

After the crash, the driver took off running on foot. Oceanside Police officers said the owner of the vehicle was uncooperative and would not tell them whether he was driving the car. There were no witnesses to the collision.

The 2013 Lexus was towed from the scene, and detectives classified the incident as a misdemeanor hit-and-run. The investigation is continuing.

<![CDATA[Hit and Run Victim Remains in ICU With Brain Injury]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:52:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katie+connor+hit+and+run+victim.jpg

A tearful father is asking for the public's help to find the driver who hit his 23-year-old daughter and then kept going.

Katie Conner was struck by a hit-and-run driver around 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 12 in Ocean Beach. She was riding her red bicycle home from work on West Point Loma Boulevard going toward Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

Katie suffered a serious traumatic brain injury and remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, her father Michael Conner told NBC 7. Part of her skull had to be removed because of brain swelling.

"We weren't really prepared for what we saw when we walked in there. I mean, I knew she was in an intensive care unit, and I knew she wasn't going to be sitting up in bed waiting for dad. But I wasn't prepared for what I saw when I walked in there. She looked horrific," he said.

Now, Michael Conner is on a mission to find the person who hit his daughter. He said it’s not about revenge.

"What happened was wrong,” Michael said. “It needs to be corrected, and I'm not the guy to do that.”

San Diego police are looking for a white pickup truck with a camper shell with yellow or brown on it. Michael is urging the public to come forward.

“I can't say it enough. If you know something, call the police and tell them. Even if you don't think it's really that important. I don't know, the smallest little detail could help the police in this matter," he said.

Katie moved to San Diego from the East Coast in July. Her father said she had just purchased a new bike and was planning to ride in an AIDS fundraiser from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a few months.

"She was a very athletic girl. She was very excited to get into cycling,” he said.

Pizza Port, the restaurant where Katie works, is planning a fundraiser for her. It will take place from 11 a.m. to close on Saturday, Nov. 1. Twenty percent of sales will go to Katie. Pizza Port is asking other businesses to donate gift certificates or other items that could be auctioned.

Photo Credit: Connor family ]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes From Chargers Loss to Chiefs]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:40:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+chiefs+nfl+1.jpg The Chargers lost to Chiefs, 23-20, on Sunday to snap a five-game winning streak. Here are photos from the game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:58:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/451542370.jpg

Monica Lewisnky joined Twitter on Monday, posting the hashtag: #HereWeGo under the Twitter handle @MonicaLewinsky.

Almost an hour later, the 41-year-old tweeted that she was “excited (and nervous)” to speak at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday.

Lewinsky's Twitter bio describes her as a social activist, public speaker, Vanity Fair contributor, and "knitter of things without sleeves."

Vanity Fair retweeted her and welcomed her to the social networking site.

This year, Lewinsky has been making a slow return to the public eye after a decade away from the spotlight. 

In May, Lewinsky penned an article for Vanity Fair reflecting on her affair as a White House intern with then President Bill Clinton, saying “it was time to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

Lewinsky also talked to "Today" in July about the day details about the affair were revealed by a report from prosecutor Kenneth Starr, saying, “I was the most humiliated woman in the world.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Marie Curie
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<![CDATA[Snapchat Starts Ads]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:18:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP187914845154.jpg

Three years of ad-free enjoyment is probably the most you can hope for in a photo-sharing app, right?  And that's exactly the amount of time Snapchat has waited to unveil its first ad -- a short commercial for the horror film "Ouija"

After millions of investment, the startup is going to monetize by creating ads that disappear after users read them, according to a company blog post.

We won’t put advertisements in your personal communication – things like Snaps or Chats. That would be totally rude. . . . Understandably, a lot of folks want to know why we’re introducing advertisements to our service. The answer is probably unsurprising – we need to make money. 
Users get to choose if they want to watch it by looking at it in Recent Updates or the notification will disappear in 24 hours. The disappearing is key to Snapchat, which was new in the photo-sharing field by allowing messages and photos to last only seconds before disappearing (of course, they aren't really gone for good, as all those leaked Snapchat photos tell you.)
Still, Snapchat needs to make money. Once a super-hot startup, its business model needs to show the business can be solvent or risk becoming absorbed by a bigger tech company. Surely its founders turned down Facebook's $3 billion offer because they had a plan to do this, right?

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[New Law Cracks Down on Farmers Market Fraud]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alimentos_saludables_17.jpg

A new California law cracks down on fraud at the farmers market.

After NBC Los Angeles’ investigative unit caught farmers buying produce wholesale and passing it off as their own, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would hire more inspectors to catch fake farmers.

“We can notice by the way the products stand out, if it all looks exactly the same,” explained J.R. Organics Farmer Joe Rodriguez Jr.

NBC 4 found vendors also made false claims their produce was pesticide-free when in reality, the fruits tested with high levels of pesticide.

The new law requires vendors to pay $2 to the state each time they participate at farmers markets, nearly quadruple the old rate of $.60. The money will go toward hiring more inspectors at farmers markets.

“A little more enforcement will be good because then it puts all the farmers on the right track and on the right base with everybody else,” Rodriguez said.

“I think it’s completely fair to hold farmers accountable,” said customer Scarlet Garcia.

However, not everyone agrees with added government regulation.

“San Diego County already does an excellent job of making sure San Diego farmers grow everything they say the grow,” said Hillcrest Farmers Market co-founder Mark Larson. “They do inspect farms regularly, and the farmers also police themselves. If they know of anybody that’s selling what they don’t grow, they report it.”

Other farmers worry about the increased fee and passing the cost onto consumers.

“That can be over $250 a year of additional cost, so it’s just going to drive up the cost of farmers market produce for customers, and it’s an additional regulatory burden on the farmers,” Larson said.

The new law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Fall in Final Seconds to Rival Chiefs]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:46:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+1019.jpg

All during their five-game win streak, the Chargers were able to control the clock and the game.

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to beat them at their own game, holding the ball for more than 38 minutes in a 23-20 win over the Bolts at Qualcomm Stadium.

It's the Chargers' first loss since Week 1, dropping them to 5-2.

The Chiefs (3-3) drove down the field on their final possession to win the game on a field goal with just 21 seconds left.

Cairo Santos made the decisive 48-yard kick, his third of the game.

Philip Rivers completed 17-of-31 passes for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was unable to engineer a game-winning drive in the final seconds.

Tight end Antonio Gates caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. That leaves him 29 receiving yards shy of the all-time Chargers record.

He will try to break it on Thursday when the Bolts travel to Denver to face the Broncos in what will likely be a battle for first place in the AFC West.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Walk in 2014 Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:24:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/B0UcVJuCEAA9b7x.jpg+large.jpg Images of the 2014 Making Strides Breast Cancer walk.

Photo Credit: Becky Stickney/NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Attempted Human Trafficking]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:08:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/siliconvalleytour14.jpg

A San Diego man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison in a case of human trafficking on Facebook after he tried to offer up the sexual services of a person he thought was a girl but who turned out to be an undercover police officer, prosecutors said.

Melvin Winslow, 31, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted human trafficking of a minor, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

His sentence was suspended pending completion of five years probation, officials said in the release.

In April, Winslow befriended who he believed was a 17-year-old girl on Facebook, officials said.

He then attempted to recruit her to work for him as a prostitute, and told her he would tattoo her with his "team logo."

Anaheim police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested Winslow in San Diego County in April.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Ambulance Sparks Pursuit]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:54:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/141019-stolen-lafd-ambulance.jpg

A patient stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday night and led officers in a pursuit that ended in a crash a few miles away, police said.

Two paramedics were in the back of their ambulance about 7:40 p.m. treating the patient in the 200 block of N. San Pedro Street, LAFD officials said.  The patient refused medical attention and left the vehicle, but later came back charging at the paramedics, who took cover in the back of the ambulance and locked the doors, police said.

That's when the patient got into the cab of the ambulance and drove off with paramedics leaping out of the back, officials said.

A fire engine followed the ambulance until Los Angeles Police Department officers took over the pursuit, police said.

The short chase ended when the driver lost control of the ambulance and collided with a minivan at Beverly Boulevard and Union Avenue in the Westlake District, police said.

The driver of the ambulance was taken into custody.

Two people who were in the minivan were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said. They were expected to be OK.

No one else was hurt.

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<![CDATA[Students Home Amid Ebola Concerns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:11:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Howard-R-Yocum.jpg

Two students from Africa who were scheduled to start classes at a New Jersey school Monday will instead stay home past a 21-day waiting period due to Ebola concerns, despite the fact that they are symptom-free and are not from an area affected by the virus.

A nurse at the Howard Yocum School in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey sent a letter to staff members informing them that two new students from Rwanda, Africa would be arriving at the school on Monday.

“This is not an area identified as a country with an Ebola outbreak, however l am taking precautions as per the health guidelines of the Burlington County Health Department,” the nurse wrote.  “I will be taking the students' temperature three times a day for 21 days.”

In the letter, the nurse cites a Centers for Disease Control recommendation that all healthy people who arrive in the United States from an Ebola affected area be checked for fever daily for 21 days. She also acknowledges in the same letter however that Rwanda is not an area affected by Ebola.

The nurse informed the school staff she would check the students before they start school, at lunch time and at the end of the day.

“They may continue their usual activities during this time," the nurse wrote. "If they remain healthy during the 21 days, they are not at risk for Ebola. If they get sick the 21 days after returning from an Ebola affected area, they are not at risk for Ebola. This means that they are ill from another source. If there is a fever of 100 or greater, the student will be sent home.”

Bryan Huff, a custodian at Yocum Elementary, told NBC10 the letter caused a panic among parents of children at the school as well as staff.

"A lot of people were going to pull their kids out of school," Huff said. "A lot of people weren't going to go to work."

Gina Mulherin, a parent of a student at Howard Yocum, told NBC10 she sympathized with the parents of the new students but ultimately agreed with the school nurse's decision.

"It's a little unsettling to think that your child would be getting their temperature taken three times a day," she said. "But again, it's better to be safe than sorry."

Anxiety from parents turned to relief Saturday however when Maple Shade School District Superintendent Beth Nocia announced the parents of the new students chose to keep them home past the 21-day waiting period.

“The Maple Shade School District takes the health of all students and staff very seriously,” Nocia wrote. “As many of you are aware, we have students who have spent time in the eastern portion of Africa that were scheduled to start in our schools on Monday.  This area of Africa has been unaffected by the Ebola virus.  Despite the fact that the students are symptom-free and not from an affected area, the parents have elected to keep their children home past the 21-day waiting period. The family is looking forward to joining the Maple Shade Schools the following week.“

Nickiesha Samuels, another parent at the school, told NBC10 she's happy with the choice the parents made.

"Them taking an extra week beyond the 21 days before coming to school is more than appreciated," she said.

Huff also said he was relieved by their decision.

"Now we don't have to worry about anything," Huff said. "We actually know that they're going to be fine when they come to school. So we have no worries on our shoulders."

NBC10 reached out to the school nurse as well as Nocia. We have not yet heard from either of them.

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn’t, spread.

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA["You Can't Be Afraid": Dallas Takes Ebola in Stride]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:56:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP705583008842.jpg

Nearly three weeks after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with Ebola, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was standing at the hospital’s entrance taping a promotion video for the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

"I want to tell you this – Dallas is open for business like never before," he assured would-be visitors. "Now look, you've got to make some decisions but make them based on fact." 

Dallas is safe, he said.

As the city of about 1.3 million people goes about its business, with thousands pouring into the Texas State Fair for its final weekend and fans looking forward to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday football game against the New York Giants, the mayor has his supporters. Ebola is a deadly disease, but the threat of infection for the majority of people is small, residents and visitors said. Still, fears emerge even as they're fast tamped down.

Edward Nash, 40, a cook serving Vietnamese specialties at the Nammi Food Truck parked in downtown Dallas, agreed that the city was ill-prepared for its first Ebola patient. But he thought that since the crisis has unfolded residents have been kept well-informed. Most people never really believed the disease would come to this city – despite the epidemic raging in West Africa, he said. If anywhere, he thought the first case would be recorded in New York City or Los Angeles, a larger metropolis along one of the coasts where more people are entering the country.

"You don’t expect it," he said. "When it happened, it was like, 'Oh, this is not a drill. This is happening for real.' And that's with anything you do, any line of work."

But now that the disease has arrived, he expects health officials to keep it well in hand. Too many things would have to go wrong for a widespread epidemic to take hold as it has in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, he said.

"To happen here in Dallas someone truly has to drop the ball," he said.

Duncan, a Liberian man who traveled to Dallas to see his fiancee, died on Oct. 8. He first went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 25 — and was sent home despite a fever — then returned in an ambulance three days later and was admitted with Ebola.

Two of the nurses treating him have also been diagnosed with the virus: Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson. Both have been transferred to one of the country’s centers specializing in treating contagious diseases, Pham to the National Institutes of Health Clincial Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Vinson to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Before Vinson was diagnosed, she flew to Cleveland, Ohio, to plan her wedding and back to Dallas.

A second hospital worker who may have handled Duncan’s fluid samples also traveled, boarding a cruise on Carnival ship.  Mexican authorities turned the ship away in Cozumel and the worker went into voluntary isolation. A helicopter was sent to get a blood sample from her on Saturday. Authorities have stressed she has shown no symptoms. 

Health officials have been monitoring 145 people for symptoms of Ebola as a result of direct or indirect contact with Duncan or the nurses. As of Saturday, 14 had completed their surveillance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nash was not surprised that the workers had left Dallas. He blames a lack of knowledge about Ebola.

"If they honestly thought that they were a carrier, that they weren’t safe, I believe they wouldn't have traveled," he said. "They wouldn't have put themselves around people. They would have quarantined themselves at the hospital."

Nearby, Faye Hooper was eating ice cream from another of the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park. The 57-year-old geometry teacher from Tennessee was visiting her daughter in Dallas and though Ebola had crossed her mind, she said she did not feel unsafe in Dallas. She had read up on the disease, partly to calm her ninth- and tenth-grade students, and knew that passengers not showing symptoms were not contagious, she said.

"I guess I was concerned about it enough to read about it a little bit," she said.

Dallas had the means to protect people properly, she said. More worrisome would be flying with passengers from West Africa, where countries have not been able to control the spread of the virus, she said.

“That would concern me, but no, not just coming to Dallas,” she said.

Even as other communities have closed schools and quarantined teachers, the Dallas schools have remained open. Five students who had contact with Duncan were quarantined quickly. Based on information from the Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district determined there was no need to close any schools, said Andre Riley, the director of news and information for the Dallas Independent School District.

The day after Duncan's diagnosis became public there was about a 10 percent drop-off at the schools the five students' schools, he said. Attendance was back to normal by the beginning of the following week.

"It's a great thing that folks are being monitored," he said. "It shows that there's a heightened level of awareness and our community is taking this seriously."

Two musicians in downtown Dallas, Adontis Barber, 25, and 24-year-old Che Sealy, said journalists were exaggerating the danger.

“They’re blowing it way out of proportion without dispensing the proper knowledge of it,” Barber said. “Why do you have to push it so hard, so fast, so quick all the time?”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital will have to work hard to repair its reputation after turning Duncan away, he said. Now people are asking whether that occurred because he was a black man, he said.

“That’s the question that’s been itching on everyone’s ears,” he said.

The hospital has denied discriminating against Duncan because of his nationality or lack of health care, and it has undertaken a public relations campaign to restore the city's confidence in the care it provides. It has begun a social media effort using the hashtag #presbyproud, and as the weekend started, nurses and others held a brief rally in support of the hospital. Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the hospital's parent company, Texas Health Resources, has written an open letter to the community acknowledging mistakes and the hospital's lack of preparation an describing changes.

"We have acted aggressively to improve our response and protect the health and safety of our workers and community," the letter reads.

Nonetheless there are signs the city is on edge. Dr. Daniel Varga, the chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, acknowledged to The Dallas Morning News that some patients have cancelled appointments. Then on Saturday, a woman fell ill on a Dallas DART train and a station was closed for a time. 

At the State Fair, where cowboy burritos were on sale this year and steers and lambs and goats were on display, some among the throngs admitted to being worried. 

Alana Etheridge, a Dallas resident who works on health-care contracts, said she had given some thought to whether she should attend.

"Should we go, should we not go?" she said.

"Basically you can't be afraid," she said. "I think the best thing is just to be knowledgeable and educate yourself on how it's actually spread. But we have to go to work and we have to go to other public places."

Brenda Willis, there with her husband and two children, said she thought that Dallas had done its best.

"The best they can with what they have, yes," said Willis, 39, an Austin resident works in pharmaceutical research. "Are they equipped with what they need? No."

Few hospitals in the United States are outfitted to treat Ebola successfully, she said. 

Taking a break in the shade, Jacque and Kayla Talley, Arlington residents and mother and daughter who work with mental-health counselors, said they were not afraid. 

Kayla Talley, 19, said she did not think officials were handling the Ebola scare as well as they could. 

"People worry about it because now it's here," she said. "It's affecting us."

Her mother praised the nurses who took care of Duncan, even at their own risk. She refused to stay away from the State Fair, just as she hadn't stayed away after the September 11th terrorist attacks when people were warned against mingling in large crowds, she said.

"I wasn't going to let someone ruin our family tradition," she said. "So no, it doesn't scare me."

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Gunfire Outside Chuck E. Cheese’s]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:50:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/141018-chuck-e-cheese-shooting-carson.jpg

Gunfire broke out between two groups arguing outside a Southern California Chuck E. Cheese’s on Saturday night, sheriff’s officials said.

The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 20700 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson (map), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

A door and window were hit by gunfire, investigators said, but there were no reports of anyone hurt.

Three people were detained in connection with the shooting, officials said.

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Woman Rescued From Chimney]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:25:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*126/woman+rescued.JPG

A woman allegedly attempting to burglarize a two-story home in Thousand Oaks, California, had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a chimney Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded around 6 a.m. to the 1900 block of Woodside Drive to a report of a person stuck in a chimney, according to the Twitter account of Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery.

The woman was about eight feet down the chimney, and rescuers had to dismantle the brick structure to get to her, officials said.

The woman was removed from the chimney around 8:15 a.m. and was conscious. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The woman, identified as 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, was arrested.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, the homeowner knows the woman in the chimney. She was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police after being evaluated at the hospital.

Photo Credit: Ventura County Fire Department/Mike Lindbery]]>
<![CDATA[Pilot Whales Sighted Off Orange County]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:18:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/10-18-pilotwhale.jpg

Whale watchers were pleasantly surprised by a sighting of pilot whales off the Orange County coast Friday, a rare occurrence within the past few decades.

Once commonly seen off of Southern California, the breed of short-finned pilot whales have virtually disappeared from the area after a strong El Niño year in the early 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

However, passengers and crew out on three separate boats with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point spotted the whales on Friday, which numbered between 50 and 200, said Captain Dave Anderson.

He also reported seeing pilot whales in June of this year.

The whales’ entire population throughout California, Oregon and Washington is currently estimated at only around 300, the NOAA says.

The whales, which average about 18 feet in length and more than 2,000 pounds, prefer warmer temperatures and areas with a high density of squid to feed on.

Anderson said it's been a unique time for sightings across the board, including sharks, fish and sperm whales not usually seen in the area.

"I can't remember having so many (sightings)," Anderson said. "It makes for an incredible year."

Photo Credit: Chuck Gathers/DolphinSafari.com]]>
<![CDATA[Man Tried to Dig Into Verizon: PD]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/juan+cardoso+mug.jpg

An attempted burglary suspect is in custody after leading police on a chase through two Broward cities early Sunday morning.

Police say 41-year-old Juan Carlos Cardoso tried to dig a hole into a Verizon store from an adjacent Enterprice Rental Car store at 2222 University Drive in Coral Springs.

"It appears the suspect was most likely trying to make entrance into Verizon, most likely to steal cell phones or commit some type of theft while inside," Coral Springs Police Lt. Brad McKeone said.

The store's alarm went off, prompting Cardoso to flee in a silver SUV. Police arrived as Cardoso was leaving the parking lot and chased him nearly five miles. The chase ended in a residential community near Southgate Blvd. and Sanibel Drive in Tamarac.

Cardoso was arrested after crashing into a police cruiser and two parked cars. Gavin Gordon is one of the owners of the damaged cars, and said it was a shock to see this happen so close to home.

"Something like this doesn't usually happen in this neighborhood," Gordon said. "It's very secluded."

Area resident Kayla Weiss said she witnessed the arrest.

"The cops took him out of the car and he was resisting, he was trying to fight the cops," Weiss said. "So they tazed him. It was insane."

McKeone said one officer injured his leg while arresting Cardoso, and was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center. He is expected to be okay.

Cardoso was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for minor injuries. He was then booked into the Broward County Main Jail.

Cardoso faces seven charges, including aggravated battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a crash, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Police say he may face more charges from prosecutors. He is being held on more than $21,000 bond. It is unclear if Cardoso has an attorney.

Police believe there may have been other people involved in the attempted burglary. They are asking anyone with information to call the Coral Springs Police at (954) 344-1800.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[2 Arrested in SoCal Student's Death]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:19:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Abdullah+Abdullatif+Alkadi+blue+bg.jpg

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Cal State Northridge student whose remains were found alongside a freeway in Riverside County one month after he went missing, police said Sunday.

No further information was released. The Los Angeles Police Department planned on holding a press conference Monday.

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, a 23-year-old international student from Saudi Arabia, was last seen on Sept. 17 at his home in Northridge. His remains were found about 11:50 p.m. Thursday alongside the 10 Freeway near the Cook Street overpass in Palm Desert, police said.

Alkadi sold his Audi to a man he met through Craigslist when we went missing, but police said they contacted the buyer and cleared that person from any involvement in the disappearance.

Cellphone records traced him to Beaumont, a city in which he has no contacts, shortly after he disappeared, Alkadi's cousin Allison Alomair told NBC4 last month.

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Christina Cocca contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Nurse "In No Way Careless"]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:39:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Amber-Vinson-1200x675.jpg

The family of Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson released a statement Sunday, indicating the Dallas nurse had not been careless in the days preceding her diagnosis.

The 29-year-old nurse had cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Dunan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in late September. According to previous reports, Vinson had worn protective gear while handling Duncan's bodily fluids before his death.

Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland Oct. 10, two days after Duncan died, to visit her mother and fiancé and to plan her upcoming wedding, a health official said.

According to her family, she had been in contact with Dallas County Health Department officials, who asked her to report her temperature twice a day after fellow nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with Ebola. Vinson's family said she asked officials if she could fly back to Dallas a day early and place herself in a 21-day quarantine at the hospital.

"She was told that this was the first request of its kind, but that the agency would consider the option," her family said in a statement. "Once again, Amber was assured that she should not be alarmed and prompted to continue self-monitoring."

She flew back to Dallas Monday, Oct. 13, reported a 100.3 degree fever the following morning and checked herself into Presbyterian Hospital, according to the family. Vinson was flown to Atlanta's Emory Hospital to receive more specialized care following her Ebola diagnosis on Oct. 15.

"Suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful," the family statement reads. "Although the majority of the correspondences we have received since her diagnosis have been positive, we are troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions. To be clear, in no way was Amber careless before or after her exposure to Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan. She has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else."

Vinson's family also said they have retained a lawyer from Washington, D.C., and have asked for privacy.

"The past several days have been the most trying our family has collectively ever faced," they wrote. "We remain intensely prayerful and optimistic about Amber’s condition and of the treatment she is currently receiving. Our prayers and thoughts also go out to Amber’s colleague, Nina Pham, and the Dallas and Ohio communities impacted by this tragedy."

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<![CDATA[Festival Head Takes Reporter's Mic]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:14:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NECN_101914_pumpkinfestcoordinator_1200x675_344942147824.jpg

While confrontations between police and crowds were taking place during the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire, a reporter and the festival's organizer had a tense moment captured on television.

Coordinator Ruth Sterling ripped a microphone from Cheshire TV reporter Jared Goodell during a liveshot.

"She's not letting me do my job and to report to you, she would not like me to tell you what's going on at Keene State College," Goodell said.

"This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we've ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren't even at the pumpkin festival," said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. "So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot."

Sterling posted the following statement on the Pumpkin Festival's website:

"Yesterday gave us many lessons; sorting them out and learning will take time. There is some thing each of us can to do help. And there is some comfort in remembering Mr. Rogers' wisdom, 'look for the helpers.' In the helpers, there is hope."

Photo Credit: Cheshire TV]]>
<![CDATA[Haunt for a Cure Supports Breast Cancer Research]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:54:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/haunt+for+a+cure.jpg

Your family may go all out with Halloween decorations, but probably nothing like Caleb Serban-Lawler’s.

Every Halloween for the past six years, the Sabre Springs family has transformed its backyard into a land of horrors that rivals any commercial haunted house.

“We spend almost all the month of October working on it,” said Caleb, 14.

Last year, Caleb decided to take the annual Halloween tradition to the next level.

“My (tumbling) coach’s mom just passed from breast cancer just as I was trying to decide what theme we were going to go for this year with the haunted house,” Caleb said.

That’s how Haunt for a Cure was born.

In 2013, some 500 people visited Caleb’s haunted backyard and donated $3,400 for breast cancer research.

This year’s haunted house will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 13479 Cool Lake Way in Sabre Springs. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

<![CDATA[Dogs Rescued From Encinitas Fire ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:39:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dog+encinitas+house+fire.jpg

An Encinitas family and its two small dogs are safe after a fire early Saturday morning.

A fire sparked inside the garage of a home at Verdi Avenue and Summit Avenue around 1:45 a.m.

Flames destroyed the garage and appeared to spread to the balcony. No one was injured, according to the Encinitas Fire Department.

Video showed two little dogs were rescued from the home.

There is no word on what caused the fire or an estimate of how much damage was done.

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